from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large genus of herbaceous plants, natural order Scrophulariaceæ, mostly perennials, natives of North America and Asia.

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  • n. genus of western North and South American perennials often partially parasitic on roots of grasses


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  • Down the road presented an enchanting procession of flowers, which changed from day to day as the season advanced; to-day the scarlet castilleia, or painter's-brush, flaming out of the coarse grasses; to-morrow the sand lily, lifting its dainty face above the bare sand; next week the harebell, in great clumps, nodding across the field, and next month the mariposa or butterfly lily, just peeping from behind the brush, -- with dozens of others to keep them company.

    A Bird-Lover in the West


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